Some Funny Cooking Practices Done By People

Poor eating habits has been the major topic of discussion among many nutrition gatherings and symposia while neglecting the various cooking practices that many individuals have personalized thereby making them remain in the path of unhealthy living. It would even interest you to know how unconcerned these people are regarding their method of preparing certain meals and they keep neglecting whatever health issues this can result into.

Few days ago, I kick started a discussion in this area and I was completely shocked with the words spewing out from the mouth of some people, expressing the cooking practices performed by them. Let’s see some the very funny ones.

1. Adding Seasoning Like Maggi, Knorr To Beans

I was in a friend’s house, as we were discussion about football teams and matches, we heard a louder conversation from his neighbours in the ground flat. One of them who is a Hausa woman said with clear boldness that she can not cook beans for her family without adding 4 to 6 cubes of seasoning such as Maggi, Knorr, etc., with many containing Monosodium Glutamate. The other said she uses just two cubes. Immediately, we both became completely speechless. My friend later said she (Hausa woman) only has three children all below age 10.

Friends, food condiment like this does not have any nutritive value it supplies to our body. It is best to reduce the amount we add to our meals. Instead, use natural food condiments like ginger, garlic and onions that have been found to be helpful in human health.

2. Adding Sugar To Yam

Growing up in a family where we never used sugars in tea, pap, custard and garri, it became culture shock when I recently discovered that many house wives add some table spoons of sugar to yam when cooking in their quest to make it sweet. I can only laugh in Ijebu.

Yam is a calorie dense food. Adding some sugars to it will only increase the calorie. No wonder the sudden rise in the cases of diabetes. For me, it is only a bad cook who does this. I stand to be corrected.

3. Frying Two Eggs With A Whole Bottle of Oil

This apparently sounds like an exaggeration but the truth has to be told. During my undergraduate days, a friend of mine appeared to have made a joke out of this – he was serious. He explained how a lady fried 2 eggs for him with close to a bottle of vegetable oil. Then, I never believed him until something of same extent happened to myself and a friend when we both visited a lady who obviously wanted to impress us. Sincerely, it was in the ratio of two eggs to 1 bottle of vegetable oil. We managed to eat three slices of bread each. As she steps out to pick her clothes when it was drizzling, I quickly rushed to drain the oil. No wonder she is overweight.

4. Adding Salt To Garri

This does not taste nice at all. I cannot fathom why anyone would do this. You would probably think this is an habit for the young children but as I surprised to hear of individuals who still do this. There has been a lot of campaign concerning the effect of consuming high amount of sodium. Yet, some people still indulge in this habit of soaking garri of all foods with pinches of  salt. Haba…..Take am easy.

No doubt, some of you are practicing some or all of the above listed habits. The need to avoid them is critically important as they can lead you to unwanted debilitating health conditions. As a practicing nutritionist, the conditions I see and hear of on daily basis are scary and some of these unhealthy habit could be the leading cause.

You could share some other ones you do or you are aware of.


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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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  1. Thanks for this advice on cooking beans. I am just trying the method of draining beans half way cooked. But appline kanhun or potassium is poisonous for consumption. Why not try

    bicarbonate of soda? Its very good

    1. @Oguntola, there is no clear record that potash is poisonous. No evidence to the best of my knowledge. However, you should note that it exist in some of our foods in trace amount as farmers use it as ferterlizer. Also, only a tiny piece is used in preparing ewedu so it should have adverse effect. Else, most of our mothers and fathers should have been hospitalized due to potash (kahun) poisoning.
      If you do find a published research on it, do email me; [email protected]

  2. Thanks for this advice on cooking beans. I am just trying the method of draining beans half way cooked. But appline kanhun or potassium to ewedu is poisonous. Why not try bicarbonate of sod?

  3. Thanks Abioye for the insight. I use to add maggi to my beans at least 2 cubes. But now I know. I also soak my garri with salt and sugar, I just can’t do without the combination. What is your take on this habit?

    1. @ Canaam….Quite weird but becoming a common habit. it is completely unnecessary to add those ingredients to your meals. Sugar, salt or MSG are food additives that should be used carefully…for me it is fair to add a cube or two cubes of sugar to garri…although I do not but MSG to beans?….It is a no no for me. Well cooked Beans taste great without it.

  4. so wat are we supposed to add to beans… apart from Maggi in other to get a great taste? u didn’t explain u jst condemned it….. cos 90% of us use Maggi to cook beans….

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